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Delta flight makes emergency landing at JFK after bird strike

A Delta flight from Florida has been forced to make an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York after a bird strike damaged the front of the aircraft.

The Airbus A319, which was carrying 43 passengers, was en route to nearby LaGuardia Airport from Palm Beach on Monday evening when the incident occurred.  

The front cone of the aircraft, which protects the plane’s radar equipment, was bent out of shape when it was hit by the bird, prompting pilots to make the emergency landing.

The Airbus managed to touch down safely at JFK around 7pm. No passengers or crew were injured in the incident. 

A Delta flight from Florida was forced to make an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York after a bird strike damaged the front of the aircraft

A Delta flight from Florida was forced to make an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York after a bird strike damaged the front of the aircraft

Pilots initially believed that heavy hail may have been responsible for the damage, before they determined a bird was the likely cause. 

After the safe landing, ABC7 filmed vision of the plane on the tarmac, which showed its front cone completely pushed in. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating the accident.

Bird strikes are uncommon in the New York City area – but they cause serious damage to planes flying in midair. 

After the safe landing, ABC7 filmed vision of the plane on the tarmac, which showed its front cone completely pushed in.

After the safe landing, ABC7 filmed vision of the plane on the tarmac, which showed its front cone completely pushed in.

The aircraft was a Delta Airlines Airbus A319 - identical to the one pictured above. All 43 passengers were uninjured during the incident

The aircraft was a Delta Airlines Airbus A319 – identical to the one pictured above. All 43 passengers were uninjured during the incident 

Back in 2009, a US Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing in the waters along the Hudson River after the plane lost engine power after being struck by a flock of Canada Geese following take-off from LaGuardia. 

 All 155 people on board the aircraft were safely evacuated onto boats, prompting the event to be dubbed ‘The Miracle on the Hudson’. 

The National Transportation Safety Board dubbed the landing the ‘most successful ditching in aviation history’, and hailed pilot – Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger – a hero. 

A feature film based on the event was released in 2016. The blockbuster, which was directed by Clint Eastwood, featured Tom Hanks in the lead role. 

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